Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)
I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
Not many times does a second book in a series live up to the first, but in this case it did. The Royal Assassin was arguably better than the first book of the Farseer Trilogy. I'm in a rush to download the 3rd and final book. If you liked the first book in the series, don't hesitate to get the second. A+
In this story Fitz Chivalry comes into his own. He has bigger challenges to undergo and his loyalties tested. Worth the listen.
Robin Hobb has created a complex world that integrates everything one hopes for in a fantasy novel: strong characters and story full of depth and believability despite the elements of impossibility. I have both read and listened to this series. Each experience has left me thankful for having done so.
The narration is outstanding!!! I can not emphasize the importance of this fact. Boehmer flavors each character and the story as a whole into something unique. One of the sad facts of the audio genre is that a bad narration can destroy a good book. The best narrators become one with the stories themselves, so much so that one can't conceive the part having been done without the other.
A whole new world has been created in my imagination. I am totally immersed in the story. It's like having a separate fantasy life. The only series that compares is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Not the same type of story line, but there is such a feel to this book. It's not always pleasant because there are times when I am suffering along with the main characters. I think I might be addicted - I am torn between wanting to listen every free minute, and slowing down to make the series last longer. Torn between wanting to know what happens next, and afraid of what might happen next. Great series.
I would recommend this book to a friend. It is the week link in a very strong series. worth reading just for the 1st and 3rd books.
I have read all of Robin Hobb's books. This is by far the best series.
Paul Boehmer is a good reader. Every character is well done, and he is one of the best male readers for female voices. His female characters do not sound forced or odd.
I would go see this movie assuming the movie of the first book was good.
A few "twists" were not so surprising and there were a few moments where I wanted to slap Fitz upside the head for being so dense but overall an excellent 2nd book in the Farseer trilogy. Robin Hobb has done an excellent job of making me care about these characters.
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
Loved book 1. Liked first half of book 2. Hated 2nd half and book 3. The hero goes from being a child in an adult world, to being a young adult with the mental aptitude of a child. The main character can't seem to make an intelligent decision or stop his incessant whining and 6 year-old behavior. It's just not believable that one could be as stupid as Fitz and live. The more I listened, the more irritating the plot became about mid-way through the conclusion of the trilogy.
I REALLY don't understand why so many authors lately insist on having their main characters spend huge sections of the plot being physically tortured in detail. The unfortunate situation here is book 2 just sets up a repetitiveness of torture and abuse of the main character that continues over and over and over well into many hours of book 3.
Bright spot was superb job by Paul Boehmer.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
Yes. I am enjoying learning along with Fitz instead of already knowing what everything is about with his magic. The White Ships are tantalizing and I want to know!! I will reread because I am interested to see how much the story changes after I know about the Witt and Skill more
Fitz he is realistic he knows no more than he should and stumbles along just as I would.
He brings depth and visualization to the story, a flow you don't get from reading yourself
Yes but that would be telling
I really am enjoying this series it is separate from the live ship but seems to tie in.
I liked this book and I enjoy this narrator too. Hobb has complex plots and it makes for a very engaging story.
Where ever I am that's where I'll be.
If you have read Assassins Apprentice then prepare to rejoin Fitz in his life at Buckeep. As he fast approaches manhood he learns more of his strengths, weaknesses and loves. As always Robin Hobb intertwines the story with a familarity that makes you think of the characters as friends & in the case of Regal enemies. If you havent expereinced Robin Hobb do so NOW
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